Dialogues Coordinator - Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC)

Sep 29, 2020
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC) is launching a ground-breaking participatory systems change initiative across Canada. We are working with communities to improve public understanding of drug policy, promote a public health and human rights approach to drugs, and develop momentum for sustained and coordinated efforts to improve our approach to substance use. To help us reach our goals, we are seeking an experienced Dialogues Coordinator to work with diverse groups, government officials and institutional stakeholders to ensure the implementation of the designed engagement processes on complex health and social issues. The candidate will lead the planning and implementation of CDPC’s dialogue events virtually due to Covid-19 unprecedented circumstances and in person once the restrictions on group gatherings are lifted.

CDPC is a national coalition at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, British Columbia, that promotes a drug policy for Canada based on principles of public health, human rights, evidence and social inclusion. CDPC fosters public education, informed dialogue and action on public policy as it relates to reducing harms and maximizing benefits related to substance use in our communities, and promotes policies that improve the health and well-being of people who use substances in Canada and internationally.

Responsibilities

  • Leads the implementation of a national dialogue program that will focus on a public health approach to substance use and drug control policies, the impact of current approaches to drugs and substances as well as drug policy on individuals and communities, and the issue of stigma related to substance use and related policy frameworks
  • Provides technical guidance and oversee all aspects of the virtual dialogue events: logistics, IT, attendance, tracking and disbursing honoraria to participants, ensuring simulataneous interpretation arrangements are made where appropriate and other related activities.
  • Collaborates with the CDPC staff team, our partner, the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, a national advisory committee, and local organizing committees to implement a series of regional and community-based participatory dialogue events and other public engagement opportunities (both virtually and in person)
  • Collaborates closely with the CDPC communications team to integrate key concepts and knowledge translation goals into the digital strategy that supports the dialogue processes
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with community partners, organizations and stakeholders in co-creating CDPC public engagement activities
  • Works closely with the project evaluation working group to assist in the design of evaluation strategies for CDPC’s dialogue events.
  • Supervises project staff in order to meet project goals, manage budgets and timelines
  • Coordinates and leads project advisory committee meetings
  • Develops overall dialogue program planning
  • Reports on project activities as necessary to the CDPC team, advisory group, external partners, funders and the public.
  • Other duties as assigned

This position reports to the Director of CDPC and requires a high degree of automony while also working seamlessly in a team setting.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required

  • Successful completion of post-secondary degree in communications, adult education, dialogue studies, public health, social sciences, project management or another applicable field
  • Minimum of three to five  years of related experience in complex project management and/or participatory stakeholder engagement activities
  • Understanding of participatory public engagement in the context of systems change
  • Demonstrated experience in a management position supervising a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and viewpoints
  • Clear and demonstrated experience managing complex, multi-year projects with diverse communities
  • Awareness of current issues relating to substance use and the overdose crisis, or a strong willingness to learn
  • Attention to detail and ability to accurately track and analyze quantitative and qualitative    information, including finances related to dialogue program expenditures
  • Ability to build networks and relationships with a high degree of professionalism
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to effectively manage staff and delegate appropriate work
  • Computer proficiency required (Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom, Slack, Webinar platforms…etc)
  • Effective written and verbal English communication skills
  • Ability to engage effectively with community partners, designated facilitators and people with lived experience.

French language fluency is an asset.

This position requires professional mastery of technology and knowledge of various communication tools especially in light of Covid-19. CDPC staff have all shifted to remote work since the pandemic’s start. We are normally  based in Harbour Centre - Simon Fraser University (515 West Hastings St., Vancouver, BC).

We encourage applications from members of marginalized groups, including but not limited to those with lived and living experience with substance use.

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